Lumino Smiles Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Choosing a dentist is an important decision for your family's health. We enjoy educating patients and making them feel confident in their decisions for their smiles. 

Listed below are some of the most common enquiries we receive in our clinic. If your specific question is not listed below, we welcome you to telephone us directly for assistance or to contact us via our online form.

No question is too small or too complex. and you will find our team both friendly and knowledgeable.

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Health Insurance Pascoe Vale VIC

Most health insurance benefits expire at the end of the calendar year, which mean, if you have not used the Dental benefits you are entitled to, you will lose them by the 31st of December. General dental check and cleans are always covered on most health insurances. Depending on your level of insurance, you could also claim for procedures such as Crowns, Veneers, Orthodontics and Cosmetic Dentistry. 

Give Your Pascoe Vale Dentist A Call

So What are you waiting for? 

Come in and use our offer of NO GAP check and clean and unlimited x-rays at Lumino Smiles this Summer!

Child Dental Benefits Schedule

a girl smiles | pascoe vale dental office

 

Did you know that your child might be eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefit Scheme? The Australian Government's Department of Human Services covers part of your eligible children's dental services which include examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canal, extractions (Note: some restrictions for their basic dental services may apply). You can claim up to $1,000 for each child over 2 consecutive calendar years which starts when your child gets their first dental service. This means NO OUT-OF-POCKET dental fees for you to pay! 

Contact Your Dentist In Pascoe Vale

Please feel free to ring us on (03) 9300 1061 and we can check their eligibility for you. Alternatively, you can visit https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule/eligibility/who-can-get-it for more information.

Cosmetic Dentistry

teeth whitening pascoe vale vic If you are interested in a brighter, younger looking smile, let us know. We offer two options to meet the cosmetic dentistry goals of our patients.

During your consultation, we will explain both our home teeth bleaching system and our in-house whitening system as well as what to expect from both procedures.

Custom Whitening Trays

The most affordable teeth bleaching option we offer at Lumino Smiles is a customised system for you to use at home. We will take impressions of your teeth and create whitening trays that fit your teeth precisely. Most whitening systems contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to lighten stains that collect on the teeth.

We will provide you with the whitening gel that will work best for you based on the level of staining and if you have sensitive teeth.

In-House Teeth Whitening

Some patients prefer instant results. If you have an important event or would like to have a whiter smile in one appointment, we can provide a whitening treatment during your appointment. The process takes approximately one hour, and you will leave with a significantly whiter smile after one visit.

Some patients like to combine the two treatments and opt for teeth bleaching in our Pascoe Vale dental clinic as well as have customised bleaching trays to continue the process at home or touch up when teeth develop new stains.

It is difficult to envision how cosmetic dentistry will impact your appearance because you look at your current smile every day in the mirror. Uncertainty may keep you from proceeding with cosmetic dentistry, even if you wish to improve your smile.smile design pascoe vale vic

We take the guesswork out of aesthetic treatments like veneers, bonding and tooth-coloured crowns by providing our patients with digital Smile Design to preview their results.

Dr Amir is a photographer and uses his artistic ability to create digital before and after videos and images so that you can see what your new smile will look like. Not only does this give you a realistic comparison between your current smile and your dream smile, it also allows for adjustments prior to placing your final restorations. Dr Kiaee also places temporary restorations during the process to ensure a precise match between your dental restorations, facial structure and the symmetry of your smile.

By taking the guesswork out of cosmetic dentistry, patients are able to make informed and confident decisions regarding the cosmetic treatments they choose.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working in dentistry is seeing the joy on our patients’ faces when they get the first glimpse of their new smiles.

Talk To Your Pascoe Vale Dentist

Give us a call at Lumino Smiles Dental to learn more about smile design. We're happy to answer your questions, and get you setup for a consultation.

Dental Implants

Missing teeth can make life difficult, dictating the foods you eat and, in some cases, influencing the way you speak. Tooth loss may also play a role in your confidence. Yet, the idea of tooth replacement can be daunting. There are plenty of options out there, and choosing the right one is not easy.

Fortunately, your dentist in Pascoe Vale, VIC can discuss tooth replacement with you, explaining the options and helping you make an informed choice. During your initial consultation in our dental clinic, we also provide an exam. If you choose dental implants, we want to make sure that they are a realistic solution for you.

Most of our patients have been able to have dental implants, but to be sure, we consider the state of your gums, your overall health and other key factors when helping you decide. We never want to recommend an option that won’t work for your smile ambitions or suggest a tooth replacement choice that does not give you a lasting and functional result.

Are You Considering Dental Implants in Pascoe Vale? We Invite You to Contact Us

We want to learn more about what you’re looking for in a new smile and help you achieve it. If you’re ready to get started, we encourage your call.

Dentures & Implant-Retained Dentures

When it comes to full tooth loss, dentures have long been the usual choice, but full tooth loss does not mean you can’t have dental implants—and it does not mean you will need an implant for every lost tooth.

We think dentures and dental implants together are a fantastic union of practicality meets innovation. In dentures, you have a time-tested solution to tooth loss. In dental implants, you find a lasting and hassle-free root replacement.

Dentures stand in for missing teeth, but they can loosen over time and slip without adhesives. A loose and slipping denture may mean embarrassing mishaps and sore gums. Retaining your dentures with dental implants prevents these issues.

Dental implants take the place of your lost tooth root—and four to six are typically strong enough to support a full denture. This option is usually less expensive (and always less invasive) than relying on an implant for every lost tooth.

Implant-supported dentures in Pascoe Vale, then, may be practical and longer-lasting, which is what we want for our patients.

Would You Like to Arrange a Consultation with Your Pascoe Vale Dentist?

Our friendly team is standing by to book your dental implant discussion and exam with our dentist.

Emergency Dentistry

If you have a dental emergency, our team understands that it can be scary and painful. It can rob you of your rest and leave you exhausted. Fortunately, our emergency dentist in Pascoe Vale, VIC treats dental emergencies, and we always work hard to see you as soon as possible.

A dental emergency can mean many things, including:

  • Toothache
  • Severe tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw swelling
  • Face swelling
  • Broken or lost tooth
  • Broken or lost restoration
  • Soft tissue injury

Our guiding philosophy is that if a dental issue causes you pain or puts your health at risk, we think of it as a dental emergency.

If you have a dental emergency in Pascoe Vale, VIC—or if you are not sure—we encourage you to contact a member of our dental team. We will consider your symptoms and make the proper recommendation—whether to see the dentist immediately or wait a day or so.

If we recommend you come into our dental clinic, you can expect prompt care and thorough evaluation. We will set to work making sure you’re relaxed as well.

The team at Lumino Smiles Dental look forward to easing your pain and restoring your oral health. For emergency dentistry, we welcome your call.

Invisalign

Woman using invisalign | Dentist gelnroy VICIf you are considering Invisalign at our Pascoe Vale, VIC dental clinic, we welcome your call to talk to Dr Amir about whether this treatment is a good option for you. We have put together a list of pros and cons of treatment to help you make your decision.

Pros of Invisalign

  • They are virtually invisible. When you are wearing the clear plastic aligners, even a person seated across the table would be hard-pressed to notice you are wearing them. Invisalign suits the busy lifestyle of adults, from stay-at-home mums to business executives.
  • Treatment is usually quicker than with traditional orthodontics. Most of our patients reach their smile goals after 12 to 18 months of wearing the clear plastic aligners.
  • You can keep your teeth clean more easily. Because the aligners are removed for brushing and flossing, you can better keep up with your oral health.
  • There are no food restrictions with Invisalign. Removed for eating, this means that the clear plastic aligners do not impede your desire to enjoy your favourite foods during treatment.

Cons of Invisalign

  • It’s easy to misplace the clear plastic aligners. Perhaps you wrap them in a napkin before a meal—then toss the napkin into the bin and forget about the aligner.
  • Compliance is crucial, and it might be difficult for some people to commit to wearing the aligners for 22 hours each day.
  • There is a bit of a learning curve when you first get the aligners, so you will have to get used to speaking with them in your mouth. 

We invite you to call our Pascoe Vale, VIC dental clinic to find out more about Invisalign.

Woman's hand holding Invisalign | Dentist Pascoe Vale There is more to having straight teeth than just having a beautiful smile. Having straight teeth can actually improve health issues for some people.

Patients with the following issues might want to consider Invisalign:

TMJ—If you have a misaligned bite, this can contribute to issues with the jaw joint and lead to a disorder known as TMJ. This painful condition of the temporomandibular joint often causes earaches, headaches and neck pain.

Teeth grinding—People who have a tendency to grind their teeth do better when their bite is well-aligned. Wearing the Invisalign plastic aligners can also help relax the muscles that cause teeth grinding and clenching, and in some cases, patients find that their symptoms have been alleviated.

Difficulty cleaning the teeth—When teeth are crooked or overlapped, flossing and brushing can be more of a challenge. Properly aligned teeth have fewer spaces for bacteria to get trapped in, which can lead to the formation of plaque. Crooked teeth also make people prone to a condition known as ‘food impaction,’ which is when food particles get caught between the teeth. Even with good oral hygiene, these areas are tough to keep clean.

Contact our Pascoe Vale Clinic

Our Pascoe Vale, VIC dental clinic welcomes your call to find out more about the benefits of Invisalign.

Invisalign | Pascoe Vale VIC DentistInvisalign is an option available for straightening the teeth that uses clear plastic aligners rather than the traditional metal brackets and wires of regular orthodontics. The clear aligners use a gentle pressure to nudge the teeth into place over a period of about a year to 18 months. The aligners must be worn 22 hours each day in order for patients to achieve their smile goals.

Every couple of weeks, patients will change the aligners for a new set that will continue to move the teeth into the desired position.

The aligners are removable, so patients can take them out for eating and cleaning the teeth. They can also be removed for the occasional important social or business occasion.

Although there is a slight learning curve at the beginning while patients grow accustomed to speaking while wearing the aligners, most people adjust well.

Contact Our Pascoe Vale Practice

If you are interested in Invisalign, we invite you to contact Dr Amir at our Pascoe Vale, VIC dental clinic, and he can tell you if you might be a good candidate for this discreet orthodontics treatment. Dr Amir primarily recommends Invisalign to older teens and adults who agree to be compliant with wearing the aligners for the allotted time each day.

Orthodontics

If you have crooked, twisted or overlapping teeth, it may mean that specific teeth are doing the majority of the chewing during meals. When this happens, you might notice enamel wear, an increase in cavities and even fractures over time. We think this is an excellent reason to consider orthodontics, but there are others as well.

Straight teeth may be easier to clean efficiently with your toothbrush and dental floss. Consider that overlapping teeth create crevasses where bacteria can hide—similar to the way dust and debris collect in a hard-to-reach nook around the house.

Straight teeth can also make you feel better about your smile and help you with confidence when laughing and speaking with your best mates.

Orthodontics in Pascoe Vale, VIC can mean Invisalign or traditional braces depending on your preference and the results of your consultation. In some cases, traditional braces may be the better option if your bite alignment issues are severe. You may, unexpectedly, find that you are a good candidate for Invisalign as well. It all starts with a consultation.

If You're Considering Orthodontics in Pascoe Vale, We Encourage Your Call

If your goal is a beautiful and functional smile, your consultation with our Pascoe Vale dentist may be the first step.

Paediatric Dentistry

Good dental hygiene habits start early, and when your children are young is the best time to reinforce them. Here are some ways you can do that:

  • a girl brushes her teeth | children's dentist pascoe valeClean your child’s mouth every day, even if he or she doesn’t have teeth yet. You can take a soft cloth and clean along their gums to get them used to the process. After teeth grow in, use a small child’s brush with soft bristles to gently brush teeth twice each day.
  • When your children are old enough, help them brush their teeth. Because youngsters lack the dexterity to brush their own teeth properly until they are about eight years old, you’ll need to supervise the process to ensure it is done right.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride. There are many flavours of toothpaste available in shops that your child will enjoy. Just a tiny amount of toothpaste on the brush is adequate.
  • Set a good example. Brush your teeth alongside your child. When mums and dads are good role models for oral health care, kids are more apt to pick up good habits.
  • Bring your child in for a check-up at our Pascoe Vale, VIC dental clinic where we are happy to provide children’s dentistry services.

Talking To Your Pascoe Vale Children's Dentist Is Important

We believe that taking a proactive approach to your child's dental health is important. If you're wondering about your child's dental care, or when to bring them in, please don't hesitate to contact us at Lumino Smiles Dental. We look forward to seeing your entire family. 

People watching tv in dental chair | Dentist pascoe Vale VIC We love welcoming children to our dental clinic. Our entire staff is dedicated to making our youngest patients feel comfortable and welcome.

Early childhood dental appointments allow Dr Amir and our hygienist to ensure that your child is developing normally and help prevent common childhood dental conditions, such as decay.

Is your clinic a family practice?

We take great pride in being a family-friendly practice. We gladly accommodate each and every member of the family. We even encourage parents to bring along their little ones to their dental appointments so the children can get used to the practice and create the habit of going to the dentist regularly. 

When Should My Child Have Their First Dental Appointment?

We recommend that your child have their first dental visit about six months after their first tooth appears. This is a great time for parents to discuss important topics such as home care, habits such as thumb sucking and nutritional support for healthy teeth.

Can We Minimise the Need for Braces for My Child?Child sitting on mom's lap at dental office | Dentist Glenroy VIC

Dr Amir takes a proactive approach to orthodontics and will evaluate your child around age six or seven to determine if early orthodontic treatment will benefit their development. These early orthodontic treatments often reduce their time in braces in the future and prevent the need for orthodontic-related tooth extractions.

Is It Normal for Children to Snore?

Regular snoring is not normal for children and may indicate a medical condition called obstructive sleep apnoea. A sleep evaluation can reveal the underlying cause of snoring and may prevent neurological and developmental problems.

Should I Be Worried if My Child Grinds Their Teeth?

Anytime a child or adult grinds their teeth regularly, it is best to seek advice from a qualified practitioner as it can indicate an underlying medical or dental condition that requires treatment. Call our office if you have questions.

Preventive Dentistry & Periodontal Treatment

Health Insurance Pascoe Vale VIC

Most health insurance benefits expire at the end of the calendar year, which mean, if you have not used the Dental benefits you are entitled to, you will lose them by the 31st of December. General dental check and cleans are always covered on most health insurances. Depending on your level of insurance, you could also claim for procedures such as Crowns, Veneers, Orthodontics and Cosmetic Dentistry. 

Give Your Pascoe Vale Dentist A Call

So What are you waiting for? 

Come in and use our offer of NO GAP check and clean and unlimited x-rays at Lumino Smiles this Summer!

Woman smiling in dental chair | Dentist Pascoe Vale VICIt is recommended that patients should be seeing a dentist every 6 months for Preventative Care.

Regular dental visits will ensure we are able to diagnose any issues before they become too big a problem, thus saving you pain, time and money.

Of course not all patients are the same, if you have a relatively good oral health history, we may only need to see you once every 12 months, provided you keep up the good work of course.

For those who regularly smoke, drink, or who may have chronic dental health issues will need to see us more regularly, every 3 months instead.

Why 6 months?

Tooth decay is a gradual process and six months is oftentimes a good time-frame to track the deterioration of teeth. We at Lumino Smiles try and preserve the structure of the teeth and will prefer not to do fillings on smaller decays and instead will inform you of any issues that need to be watched. In six months’ time, due to your awareness of the issue and improved oral hygiene habits, the decay may have ceased thus no longer needing a filling. Six months is also an adequate amount of time to get your teeth cleaned as plaque build-up is a primary cause of tooth decay.

Call Us At Our Pascoe Vale Dentist's Office

Looking to learn more about dental care and the best ways to keep your smile healthy? Reach out to us at Lumino Smiles Dental. We'd love to chat with you and answer any questions you may have, or schedule you an appointment.

Good dental hygiene habits start early, and when your children are young is the best time to reinforce them. Here are some ways you can do that:

  • a girl brushes her teeth | children's dentist pascoe valeClean your child’s mouth every day, even if he or she doesn’t have teeth yet. You can take a soft cloth and clean along their gums to get them used to the process. After teeth grow in, use a small child’s brush with soft bristles to gently brush teeth twice each day.
  • When your children are old enough, help them brush their teeth. Because youngsters lack the dexterity to brush their own teeth properly until they are about eight years old, you’ll need to supervise the process to ensure it is done right.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride. There are many flavours of toothpaste available in shops that your child will enjoy. Just a tiny amount of toothpaste on the brush is adequate.
  • Set a good example. Brush your teeth alongside your child. When mums and dads are good role models for oral health care, kids are more apt to pick up good habits.
  • Bring your child in for a check-up at our Pascoe Vale, VIC dental clinic where we are happy to provide children’s dentistry services.

Talking To Your Pascoe Vale Children's Dentist Is Important

We believe that taking a proactive approach to your child's dental health is important. If you're wondering about your child's dental care, or when to bring them in, please don't hesitate to contact us at Lumino Smiles Dental. We look forward to seeing your entire family. 

dental hygiene appointment | Pascoe Vale Dentist When you choose a dentist to take care of your smile, you want to find a dental clinic where you are greeted by a caring and approachable staff. At Lumino Smiles Dental in Pascoe Vale, VIC, we want to be the dentist who always exceeds your expectations.

At your first visit—and every visit thereafter—you will be greeted by our friendly reception staff. They will take you through the process of getting to know you and any health conditions you might have so we can provide you with the appropriate care.

Your Pascoe Vale Dental Appointment

After a quick, guided tour of our office, your dentist or dental assistant will great you and escort you to the consultation room for a thorough examination of your mouth. This might also involve taking x-rays to give the dentist a thorough look at your oral health. If any issues are detected, these will also aid in making treatment recommendations. Your dentist will take the time to go over your options so you can make the most informed decision.

Depending on the arrangements that have been made, you might undergo a dental clean with our hygienist during your first appointment, or we will schedule a follow-up appointment. Contact us for an appointment. 

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